Storms Bring Tornadoes, Heavy Rain

LINCOLN -- The National Weather Service says nearly a dozen tornadoes have been reported in south-central and southeastern Nebraska but no injuries. Meteorologist Merl Heinlein said Thursday that his office in Hastings had narrowed down reports and suspected that nine tornadoes touched down Wednesday afternoon, including several in York and Clay counties. His office keeps tabs on 24 counties in south-central Nebraska and six in north-central Kansas. The storms damaged farm outbuildings, irrigation equipment and trees. Farther east, a twister was reported three miles northeast of Rising City and another about six miles southeast of Utica. Heinlein says several of the sightings have yet to be confirmed. Hail and heavy rain and street flooding also were reported. There was flooding along some major roads in the Lincoln area. Cornhusker Highway from 14th to 20th had water over the road, as did Superior Street just west of 27th Street, 70th and Highway 2, and 48th and Vine. Even rural areas of the county had problems. Lancaster County Emergency Management coordinator Doug Ahlberg tells KFOR News vegetation was floating at 14th and Agnew Road in the northwest part of the county. A tornado warning did include a small portion of northwestern Lancaster County during dinner time, but no reports of a touchdown or damage.



Flooding just west of 27th and Superior on Wednesday evening, following torrential rain in north Lincoln. (Courtesy Photo)